"Western Australian Bird Species ID's " (click on WA Birds)


Birdlist sightings from 1986 - in and around Broome including Le Lievre swamps etc.

(compiled by Bryce and Gail Wells first wardens of the Broome Bird Observatory. Observation recordings of dates marked in by bk and St.Mary's College list compiled by bk)

Barred Creek

Lake Eeda (page 1) (page 2)

Taylor's Lagoon

Le Lievre and Moulamen Swamps, Buckshot and Irrigation Channels (page 1) (page 2)

Birds of St. Mary's College (page 1) (page 2)

Over the past 40 years, 109 species of birds have been spotted on the St. Mary's (formerly Nulungu College) Campus.  The list has now been drastically reduced because of urban growth and the removal of bush corridors due to inevitable developement.

New addition: Oct 2019: Frigate Bird

The 'Black headed gull' in Broome and sighting on the roof of boarders dining room at St. Mary's College - OCT 19TH 1991


Feature article: A bird in the hand'


Black Shouldered Kite (photo bk March 17th 2019)

Yellow tinted honeyeater (photo bk March 2019)

Brown Honeyeater (photo bk March 2019)

photo bk 31/3/19 Broad Billed Flycatcher

The Little Friar Bird has the perfect beak to extract nectar (photo bk April 2019)

The Little Friar Bird (photo bk April 2019)

Yellow White Eye (Photo bk 27th April 2019)

Male Red Headed Honeyeater (Photo bk 27th April 2019)

Male and female Red Headed Honeyeaters (Photo bk 27th April 2019)

Female Red Headed Honeyeater in the Mangroves adjacent to Matso's (April 2019 photo bk)

Red headed honeyeater in mistletoe on the side of the mangroves (photo bk 5/5/19)

Red Headed Honeyeaters and Yellow White Eyes (Photo bk 27th April 2019)

Yellow White Eyes and Male Red Headed Honeyeater (Photo bk 27th April 2019)

(photo bk 5/5/19)

(photo bk 1/8/19)

(photo bk 1/8/19)

Pied Cormorant (photo bk)

Eastern Reef Egret in it's grey phase (photo bk)

Pheasant Coucal Oct 2019 (photo bk)

The Dollar Bird

Couldn't believe my luck when I heard the sound of ‘quack quack' in our backyard Boab. It was the Dollar Bird which migrates from Papua New Guinea at this time of the year. I patiently waited to capture the dollar disk under its wing and was eventually successful. (see below). A member of the ‘roller family' it is the only species to reach Australia. It winters in PNG but comes to Australia to breed. Dollar Birds are small and dumpy with a big head and short neck. Its small orange legs were quite noticeable. They feed on large insects, moths, cicadas and beetles which they catch in the air. They nest in cavities in tall trees and often use deserted kingfisher nests. Dollar birds are flamboyant and sometimes clumsy fliers needing a large area to manoeuvre in so that's why you don't find them in dense vegetation. (photo bk 9/11/19)